First and foremost you never want to wait too long to have your brake pads replaced. Repeatedly using your brakes over thousand of miles will eventually wear down your brake pads and they will need to be replaced. How can you tell when it is time to get a brake job?
On most cars it is not to hard to figure out when your car is ready for a brake job. If your car has disc brakes then they will come with what is called a wear indicator. It is a small metal piece embedded into your brake pads. When the pads have worn to a certain point the metal will come in contact with your rotor and the wear indicator will make a squealing noise. This noise should be very noticeable and you should have your brakes checked by a professional mechanic immediately.
The brake pads on your car should go for tens of thousands of miles. This will heavily depend on the way you drive your car. If you ride the breaks a lot or make frequent stops on a regular basis then your brakes are going to wear down at a faster rate. The bottom line is the more you use your brakes the faster they are going to wear. If you feel your brakes are reacting differently than normal, then it is time to have them inspected before further damage is done. Putting off having your brakes checked can be a very costly repair.
If you are looking for a used Toyota Prius it is always important to remember to the car inspected by a qualified mechanic. You want to find a mechanic that has the experience of working on hybrid cars. He will know what to look for and point out any upcoming problems that could occur with the car. To find a qualified mechanic in your area try using Yelp or search for Prius Repair San Diego or similar queries in your preferred search engine.
Toyota Prius brakes: since the Prius uses an electric motor to help the car slow down, the brakes usually last longer than those on a gasoline car. If the current owner is able to provide a maintenance record and it shows frequent brake jobs, this is an indication the car has been driven hard and you will want to have your mechanic look into other parts of the car that might have excessive wear.
Toyota Prius batteries: When looking at a used Toyota Prius one cost to take into consideration is the replacement of the batteries. By law all hybrids are required to go a minimum of eight years or 100,000 miles. In California they require an even longer warranty period. Some test have shown since the batteries are used to run an electric motor the batteries tend to last much longer. So when looking for a used Prius if the car has less than 100,000 miles on it, the batteries should not be a huge concern. If the car has more than 100,000 miles then it might be a good idea to factor in the cost of replacing the batteries. You can expect to pay around $2300.00 to replace the batteries in the Prius.
Almost all car manufacturers recommend changing your oil every 7500 miles or once a year. This would be for a passenger car or light truck gasoline engines. If you have a turbo charged engine or a diesel engine, then it is recommended to change your oil every six months or 3,000 miles, whatever would occur first. If you look closely at your cars manual and read the fine print, changing your oil every 7500 miles or once a year is for cars that are driven under ideal conditions. You may think you are driving your car in a normal condition, but most likely you would be classified as severe driving conditions.
To fall under the severe category it is easier than one might think. These items would include driving in a dusty environment or gravel road, stop and go traffic on freeways and city streets, driving at high speeds, short trips under 10 miles, driving in extreme cold weather or very hot weather. If you fall under any of these driving conditions then it would be recommended to change your oil every 6 months or 3000 miles. For the best protection most oil companies recommend changing your oil every 3000 miles or 6 months no matter what type of driving you do. What about the oil filter, how often should that be changed? Many car manufactures only recommend changing your oil filter every other oil change. If you ask a mechanic the same question they will tell you to change the oil filter at every oil change. The additional cost to change the oil filter is nominal and not worth the risk of damaging your motor.
Changing the oil in your car is not that difficult, but many would rather have an experienced mechanic do it for them. To find a reputable service shop trying searching Yelp or another review directory for companies near you. Oil Change Miramar, for example, will showcase many companies.